Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet presents an extraordinary triple bill tracing a line through dance from the highly physical to the seductively graceful.

Scottish Ballet’s Autumn Season 2012 will visit His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen from 16 – 17 October.

Fresh from its world premiere as part of the Cultural Olympiad this summer, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It is a high energy work inspired by the power of Olympic athletes. This dynamic piece is set to the propulsive rhythms of John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony and features a striking sculptural installation created by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Boyce.

Classical discipline meets playfulness in William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork, a study of the possibilities of motion.

As an American working internationally for the last thirty years, William Forsythe is recognised as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is celebrated for pushing the concepts of ballet into a dynamic 21st-century art form.

Forsythe’s Workwithinwork begins in the clear, textured air of an open stage, surrounded by the haunting breaths of Berio’s Duetti for two violins. Winding with a gorgeous, intricate grace through a series of jewel-like scenes, the dancers create an evolving, baroque body of time, which branches out in ever-increasing complexity as the piece moves, delicate, rolling toward its breathless end.

Drawing the evening to a fiery close is Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos; a sizzling work that combines classical ballet with the passion and dramatic flourishes of the tango.

Van Manen, veteran of Dutch National Ballet is renowned for his elegant works each laced with their own erotic charge. Created originally for Het Nationale Ballet, 5 Tangos is a new addition to Scottish Ballet’s repertoire and features music by Astor Piazzolla; and Argentine tango composer celebrated for revolutionising traditional tango by introducing the sensual sounds of jazz and classical music.